Week 8 Over­re­ac­tions: Ties make NFL the old NHL

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

The NFL has turned into the old NHL.

Two ties in two weeks. First time in 19 years there’s been two ties in one sea­son, and there’s nine weeks re­main­ing.

Af­ter the Car­di­nals and Sea­hawks played to a 6-6 draw in a prime-time game last Sun­day night, the Redskins and Ben­gals fin­ished in a 27-27 tie on the in­ter­na­tional stage in Lon­don.

Hockey fig­ured out a so­lu­tion. If no team scores dur­ing a five-minute over­time pe­riod, a shootout set­tles it. There’s al­ways a win­ner.

It’s time for the NFL to do the same.

Here’s a few ideas:

COL­LEGE RULES

Fol­low the NCAA’s lead. If a game is tied af­ter four quar­ters, play ex­tra pe­ri­ods un­til there’s a win­ner. Each pe­riod con­sists of one pos­ses­sion for each team, and each drive starts at the de­fense’s 25-yard line.

Teams have to go for a 2-point con­ver­sion af­ter two pe­ri­ods.

QUAR­TER­BACK CHAL­LENGE

Each quar­ter­back has to throw foot­balls from the 25yard line through a tire that hangs from the goal post. Who­ever com­pletes the most passes earns the win for his team.

KICKER’S SHOOTOUT

The kick­ers go backand-forth at­tempt­ing un­con­tested field goals from a pre­de­ter­mined dis­tance un­til some­one misses.

Here are other over­re­ac­tions fol­low­ing Week 8:

OVER­RE­AC­TION

If they can’t beat the Jets, the Browns (0-8) won’t beat any­one.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Maybe the Cow­boys will over­look them and they’ll shock Amer­ica’s Team next week.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

For­get Las Ve­gas. The Raiders should play all their games on the road.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Even though they’re 1-2 at home and 5-0 on the road, it’s tough to play in the Black Hole.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The Pa­tri­ots (7-1) will clinch the AFC East early enough to al­low Tom Brady to rest in De­cem­ber.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Brady got enough rest in Septem­ber so New Eng­land will keep their star QB on the field un­til it clinches the No. 1 seed.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Ari­zona’s win­dow has closed. The Car­di­nals (3-41) lost to 1-win Carolina.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They’re only 1 1/2 games be­hind Seat­tle and play the Sea­hawks again on Dec. 24.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The Saints will win the NFC South. An im­pres­sive win over Seat­tle proved New Or­leans is not a medi­ocre team.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They’re only 3-4 and have fol­lowed up big wins with dis­ap­point­ing losses of­ten over the past two sea­sons.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The NFC East is the best divi­sion in the NFL. Every team has a win­ning record.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Check out that AFC West. Two teams are 6-2 and one is 5-2.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Time to panic in Green Bay. The Pack­ers (4-3) are off to their worst start since 2012.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

All those in­juries and they still nearly beat the Fal­cons on the road.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Dak Prescott guar­an­teed he’s the No. 1 quar­ter­back by lead­ing the Cow­boys (61) to a come­back win over the Ea­gles.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Prescott made enough rookie mis­takes against Philadel­phia to jus­tify giv­ing Tony Romo his job back when­ever he’s healthy. Class B First round Oct. 21 Dover 3, High­land 0 Quar­ter­fi­nals Oct. 25 Spack­enkill 6, Dover 0 Ellenville 1, Lib­erty 0 Rhinebeck 4, Marl­boro 2 James I. O’Neill 1, Burke Catholic 0 Semi­fi­nals Oct. 28 Spack­enkill 3, Ellenville 1 Rhinebeck 2, O’Neill 0 Fi­nals Oct. 31 Spack­enkill 2, Rhinebeck 0 —— Class C Semi­fi­nals Oct. 24 We­bu­tuck 1, Se­ward 0 Sul­li­van West 1, Mill­brook 0 Fi­nals Oct. 26 Sul­li­van West 2, We­bu­tuck 0 —— Class D Cham­pion – El­dred ——

Semi­fi­nals Oct. 27 New Paltz-Red Hook win­ner at Ron­d­out, 6 p.m. Spack­enkill-O’Neill win­ner at Burke, 6 p.m. Fi­nals Nov. 6 Semi­fi­nal win­ners at Mount Saint Mary Col­lege, 2 p.m. —— Class C Quar­ter­fi­nals Nov. 2 No. 1 Mill­brook, bye No. 2 Dover, bye No. 3 Rhinebeck, bye No. 5 Falls­burg at No. 4 Pine Plains, 6 p.m. Semi­fi­nals Nov. 4 Falls­burg-Pine Plains win­ner at Mill­brook, 6 p.m. Rhinebeck at Dover, 6 p.m. Fi­nals Nov. 6 Semi­fi­nal win­ners at Mount Saint Mary Col­lege, 4 p.m. —— Class D Semi­fi­nals Nov. 4

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